How much does it cost?

We will be starting off with a 4 week taster term which will be £40 per person to attend.

Choir Fees for our full terms are worked out at £8 per session and are paid in full at the beginning of the term by Cheque or Cash or Card payment. Since each of our terms vary in length each payment may vary. If you join part way through the term we would work out how many weeks remain in the term and adjust the fees to reflect that.

If you pay a £20 deposit before a full term begins you’ll receive 10% off the term’s fees. Deposits can be paid through the shop page of the website.

Please keep an eye on our facebook page www.facebook.com/nantwichpopchoir as we often run promotions where you can get small discounts on your fees or enter competitions for a free place.

If you take part in any public performances you will also need to purchase one of our T-shirts at £12. We also have hoodies available for £28/ £25 and hats for £10.

What do we do

We sing a variety of music covering current chart music, classic pop and rock songs, soul and Motown as well as musical theatre and anything else we like the sound of! We describe ourselves as a POP choir mainly because we sing whatever’s popular! Members of the choir will often make suggestions of songs they’d like to try and we do our best to pick at least one song each term which has been suggested by the group.

When we learn a new song we hand out sheet music as it’s very useful for those who do read music. For those who don’t read music we still like to offer the sheet music so you start to become familiar with music written down (although it’s perfectly ok to simply read the words to begin with!) All songs are learnt in a ‘call and response’ way- so the choir leader will sing your part to you and you sing it back until we’re happy you know it!

All choir members are given access to downloadable rehearsal tracks so you can practice your parts at home and go over anything you miss if you’re unable to make it one week.

The emphasis is on having fun so we don’t take it too seriously but we do still manage to create a fantastic sound together which is very rewarding!

We welcome singers aged 16 and over.

Performances

We love giving the choir something to work towards and try to plan a performance at the end of each term. Performances can range from theatre stages to street busking and charity fundraising.

None of our performances are compulsory so if the idea of performing in front of a crowd doesn’t appeal to you that’s not a problem- you’re still very welcome to simply enjoy the process of learning the songs and singing in the rehearsals.

The choir is also available for outside performances and particularly on the run up to Christmas we often get invited to sing in a variety of venues. We’ve also had choirs involved in competitions and local school fates as well as being available for weddings. Whenever we are invited to perform we will first check whether we have enough choir members available to do it and will often put on extra rehearsals at the weekend to prepare.

Heather Baker

Heather is an internationally acclaimed vocal teacher who has dedicated her professional life to understanding the voice and helping singers get the most from theirs. She set up Heather Baker Singing Studios in 2001 which is now the largest dedicated vocal studios in the North West. Heather is also one of the founding directors of the Institute for Vocal Advancement– one of the world’s leading voice teacher training organisations.

She has led Northwich Pop Choir since it began in 2010 and has worked with several other groups and choirs in the UK, USA. Malta and Israel. She has a passion for performance and loves to see her singers enjoying the music as much as she does. She has a gift for creating a lively fun environment which singers thrive off and audiences love- her enthusiasm for music is infectious. Heather will be diving in from time to time in Nantwich to keep everyone on track and help prepare you for any big group performances!

Callum Speed

Callum will be leading our Nantwich choir. Callum has a fantastic wit and an eye for detail. He graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London with a BMus First Class Honours. Callum made his professional operatic debut in Helios Collective’s Dido & Belinda. He has completed Young Artist programmes with English National Opera and Opera North and has performed as a soloist for many choral societies and orchestras around the UK.

Callum is incredibly excited to be a part of the Cheshire Pop Choirs team. He has been assisting in Northwich and Congleton over the past year and has loved exploring a wider variety of vocal styles. He can’t wait to get Nantwich singing!

Nia Pugh

Nia will be assisting Callum in Nantwich. Nia is a highly experienced singer and pianist. She has taken voice lessons at Heather Baker Singing Studios for 6 years and is currently training to become a singing teacher herself through the Institute for Vocal Advancement. Nia has performed with choirs at the Albert Hall as part of the BBC proms, Manchester Cathedral and Cardiff Millenium Centre. She also has a wide experience performing as a solo singer and has taken part in national competitions, local shows and open mics singing pop and soul music. She’s the friendly face that will greet you on your arrival to the choir and will quickly put you at ease!

How to join?

If you’d like to enrol on our 4 week taster course please visit the shop page of the website and select either the deposit option for Nantwich Pop Choir or the Full amount for the course. Paying this will automatically enroll you onto the course and we’ll e-mail all the nfo you’ll need. If you had any questions you can contact us via the website or through our Facebook page.

Once the term begins we’ll give you access to the group dropbox where you can download the rehearsal tracks for any songs we do. We’ll also add you to our Facebook community group where you can chat to other choir members!